The standard fee for sessions is $160.00 for business hours and $170 for after hours/Saturdays. In certain situations, a fee reduction may be available.
Rebates through Medicare:
You may be eligible for a Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions a year. Please discuss this with your GP, who will determine whether you are eligible for a mental health plan. This means that if your session fee is, say $150, after you receive the Medicare rebate you will be out of pocket a little over $60.
Please note: When coming to your first appointment, please make sure that you bring the GP’s referral letter and Mental Health Treatment Plan to enable you to claim the rebate.
For more information about Medicare rebates please click the link to the Better access to mental health care: Fact sheet for patients:
Rebates through private health cover:
If you have private health insurance with extras cover, you may be able to claim a rebate for psychological services. Please check your policy details with your provider. The usual insurance practice is that no insurance cover is applicable on a counselling session when a Medicare rebate is/will be received.
There is no need to have a GP referral or Medicare rebate. At times individuals may fund sessions privately.
What Fees pay for:
Session fees pay for a range of duties in addition to your session time. Tasks include out-of-session work including session preparation, after session administrative and professional tasks like record keeping, scoring assessments, writing to your GP, case management and other duties for which no further payment is charged.
As a private independent psychologist, I also pay my own operational costs including for room rental, office equipment and supplies, personally incurred expenses such as mandated ongoing professional training and supervision, insurances, annual leave, and continue to pay HECS/HELP fees associated with my 6+ full-time years of higher education training to qualify as a psychologist.
I am not a paid employee which means I incur lost income when clients do not attend or cancel appointments. I value your understanding of my need to maintain fees that provide me with a sustainable income. Thank you.